COMPSCI 677: Distributed and Operating Systems Syllabus
Spring 2017 Syllabus and Course Information
Office: Room 336, Computer Science Bldg
Office Hours: Monday 10:20-11:30 am, Room 336, or by appointment
Phone: (413) 577 0850
Fax: (413) 545 1249
Email: shenoy [at] cs.umass.edu
This course provides an in-depth examination of the principles of
distributed systems in general, and distributed operating systems in
particular. Covered topics include processes and threads, concurrent
programming, distributed interprocess communication, distributed
process scheduling, virtualization, distributed file systems,
security in distributed systems, distributed middleware and
applications such as the web and peer-to-peer systems. Some coverage
of operating system principles for multiprocessors will also be
included. A brief overview of advanced topics such as cloud
computing, green computing, and mobile computing
will be provided, time permitting.
Teaching assistant: Ishan Durugkar
Email: idurugkar [at] cs.umass.edu
Office hours: TBD
Sandhya Sankaranayanan, email: ssankar [at] cs.umass.edu
Haresh Chudgar, email: hchudgar [at] cs.umass.edu
Students should be able to easily program in a
high-level language such as C++ / Java , have had a course on data structures,
be familiar with elements of computer architecture and have had
previous exposure to the operating system concepts of processes,
virtual memory, and scheduling. A previous course on uniprocessor
operating systems (e.g., CMPSCI 377) will be helpful but not required.
- Recommended Texts:
Distributed Systems: Principles and Paradigms 2nd edition
Andrew Tannenbaum and Maarten van Steen, Prentice Hall, 2007
This is the text book for the course.
Distributed Systems, 2nd edition
Sape Mullender, Addison Wesley, 1993
This is a supplementary text.
- Assigned readings from papers, magazines, manuals, and the
WWW; most of this material will be made available online on the course web page; some material
may be placed on reserve in the Physical Sciences library and made
avilable to off campus students.
- Course home page: All course materials (handouts, lecture notes, lecture audio / video
homeworks, assignments and solutions) will be posted on the course
home page at
As the semester goes along, the site will fill up with
lots of useful other information, pointers to other sites, etc.
Please make sure you check out and use this site frequently.
Moodle: We will use moodle for homework and lab submssions and online quizzes. Solutions
and grades to individual assignments and labs will also be posted on moodle.
- Class sections: Two sections of this class are being offered: a classroom and an online
section. All students, regardless of the section, will be expected to do the same homeworks,
labs and exams. All students have access to the instructor and TA during office hours. The
main difference is that lectures will be delivered to students in the classroom for students
in section 1 and via online video to students in the online section (section 2).
- Mailing list:
A broadcast class email address, cs677 [at] cs.umass.edu, has
been created. If you send mail to this address, it will be broadcast
to all of the students in the class,
so please use it wisely and carefully. I will use
it to broadcast information of interest to
everyone. You might want to use it to broadcast a question, or
give a pointer to
material that you think will be of general interest.
for more information about list etiquette.
- We will use a Piazza discussion board for online discussions
on course topics and lab assignments. You need to enroll for the class
discussion board and will be given instructions on how to do so.
- Assigned readings: weekly
- Class participation/piazza discussions:2% of the final grade
(does not apply to online section students)
- Homeworks and quizzes: 4-5 homeworks, weekly quizzes 13% of the final grade
- Programming assignments: 3-4 programming assignments, 45% of the final
- Exams:One midterm and one final, 40% of the final grade
Many of the materials created for this course are the intellectual
property of the instructor. This includes, but is not limited to, the
syllabus, lectures, lecture videos, podcasts, and course notes. Except to the extent not protected
by copyright law, any use, distribution or sale of such materials
requires the permission of the instructor. Please be aware that it is
a violation of university policy to reproduce, for distribution or sale,
class lectures or class notes, unless copyright has been explicitly waived
by the faculty member.
This page is online at http://lass.cs.umass.edu/~shenoy/courses/677/syllabus.html
Last modified: Fri Jan 20 05:33:27 EST 2017